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Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball by Stefan Kanfer
Lucille Ball is more than a cultural icon, she was a pioneer in television, a powerful businesswoman, and the most successful actress in television history. Some of her life off camera is well-known, particularly her marriage and divorce with Desi Arnaz. Author Stefan Kanfer chronicles her life from her desolate childhood in upstate New York, to her roles in B movies in Hollywood, to superstardom and producer on television with Desi, her remarriage to Gary Morton, and final days. More than just telling the outline of her life story, Kanfer also shows the woman insecure about her talent and beauty throughout her life, her anguish at being unable to have children for so long, the Hollywood power struggles, the sadness and anger that permeated her life, and the love for Desi that never left her. The Washington Post calls Ball of Fire "a memorable portrait of its subject in all her gifted weirdness."